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Anees Bazmee: “It’s been 4 months but still my dues for ‘Welcome Back’ are not cleared”

When the word Entertainment is heard, director Anees Bazmee‘s name comes in mind. The director has been quite famous for his earlier works like ‘No Entry,’ ‘Ready’ and ‘Singh Is Kinng.’ After a gap of almost four years, he returned to the director’s chair with ‘Welcome Back‘ a sequel to his 2007 released ‘Welcome.’ But the movie which successfully tickled the funny bone of audiences, is creating a lot of headaches for its helmer. 

Welcome Back‘ released in the month of September had crossed the mark of 100 crores. But after four months of its release producer Firoz Nadiadwala has still not cleared the dues of the director. Anees confirmed this saying, “Firoz Nadiadwala had promised to pay me my dues after the release. It’s been 4 months now but yet my dues are to be paid, despite Welcome Back making a huge profit. I don’t know about Anil Kapoor ji and Nana Patekar ji, but my dues are pending. Initially, I was charging 5 crores but Firoz bhai asked me to waive off some money and reduced almost 3 crores. I didn’t say anything on that as well. But now things don’t seem to be going right. If this is how it will be then I won’t be working with him henceforth.”

The director is not the only one waiting for his dues, reports suggest that lead actor John Abraham is also waiting for an amount of three crores. Some of the technicians are in the queue for this also. According to sources, the film’s team have now approached Federation of Cine Employees regarding this matter. Unfortunately, they also couldn’t recover the money from Nadiadwala and hence now a ‘non-co-operation directive’ against the producers has been issued, which stands until all the dues of the people involved are cleared.

Currently, Anees Bazmee is now working on a project titled ‘Aankhen 2’ a heist thriller drama starring Amitabh Bachchan.



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